Lot # 62: c.1935 Babe Ruth & Dazzy Vance (HOF) Original Type 1 Photo at Dexter Park (PSA/DNA)

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Item was in Auction "Fall, 2021 Premier Auction",
which ran from 11/8/2021 12:00 AM to
11/27/2021 9:00 PM

Once located in Queens, New York, Dexter Park was a baseball stadium that hosted a number of great barnstorming teams, often between Negro League teams and independent teams like the Brooklyn Bushwicks, who played at Dexter Park between 1913 and 1951.  The Bushwicks featured players of many different races and ethnicities, and often included former major league players who would play exhibitions against some of the greatest players in the history of the major leagues and the negro leagues.  

Upon his 1935 release from the Dodgers, future Hall of Famer Dazzy Vance accepted an offer to pitch for the Bushwicks, partially because he felt he was still capable of pitching, and partially because, as he told reporters "I'm having my first fling at pitching against Negro teams."  On October 13, the Bushwicks met up with the Brooklyn Bay Parkways, which included Babe Ruth.  15,000 fans packed the stadium to see the 44-year-old Vance face the 40-year-old Ruth, Vance retiring Ruth in his first two at bats, Ruth smashing a home run over the right field fence in his third.  The two players would meet once more, a week later.  Vance would pitch five innings in that game, and then retire to Florida.

Beautiful 10" x 8" photo clearly originates from one of those two games, the players in their semipro uniforms, posed in pitching and batting poses for cameras.  The photo is in excellent shape, with some wear and age-related discoloration at the top edges and corners, but otherwise clean with excellent contrast.  Authenticated as type 1 and encapsulated by PSA/DNA.

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